Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence
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Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence

Edited by Robin West and Cynthia G. Bowman

The Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence surveys feminist theoretical understandings of law, including liberal and radical feminism, as well as socialist, relational, intersectional, post-modern, and pro-sex and queer feminist legal theories.
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Chapter 6: Critical race feminism

Dorothy E. Roberts

Abstract

In the last 50 years, feminists of color have developed an intersectional analysis of women’s subordination known as critical race feminism, which takes into account the multiple, interlocking systems of oppression that affect women’s lives and social status in ways typically overlooked by dominant feminist jurisprudence. They have also followed a long legacy of resistance against combined race- and gender-based oppression by proposing new intersectional frameworks for dismantling unjust hierarchies, systems and institutions. Critical race feminists have thereby transformed feminist legal theory, making it more relevant to the experiences of all women and better able to effectively challenge varying forms of women’s subordination. This chapter explores the development of critical race feminism and intersectionality and their continued importance in legal and social theories of inequality as well as in activist struggles.

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